The terrifying new psychological thriller featuring Tony Hill, criminal profiler and hero of TV's Wire in the Blood. The race is on to uncover the identity of a murderer with nothing to lose -- and everything to kill for. When Robbie Bishop, star midfielder for the Bradfield Vics, is poisoned by a rare and deadly toxin, profiler Dr Tony Hill and trusted colleague DCI Carol Jordan have their work cut out for them. Robbie was adored, so the public want answers -- but the answers aren't coming, and trails are running cold. Then a bomb explodes in the football stadium, causing massive casualties -- and another man dies from poisoning. Is there a link between the cases? And what are the motives for these crimes? The clock is ticking for Tony and Carol -- and the death toll keeps rising! Key title / Attracting over 7 million viewers per episode, the ITV series Wire in the Blood featuring Robson Green as Tony Hill has significantly raised the profile of Val McDermid and the Tony Hill thrillers / Val is a consistent Top Ten bestseller, most recently with Grave Tattoo / The UK's answer to Karin Slaughter, she is winner of the Gold Dagger and many more literary awards throughout the world / Supported by a major consumer campaign including national outdoor and press activity / Competition: Tess Gerritsen, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire.
`McDermid is at the peak of her murderous craft' Mirror
'The Queen of serial killers in this country keeps her end up.... few can scoop Val on throat-clutching narrative... Marvellous' Daily Mail
`All the craft, panache and pace that we have come to expect from this outstanding writer... Vintage stuff: unplug the phone, lock the door and prepare to read in a sitting' Guardian
`Peerless ... One of the world's finest crime writers, McDermid is currently at the top of her game' Glasgow Herald
`McDermid's writing gets better and better' Spectator